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Chicago, IL 60601

David B. Starks

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McKinley Irvin

Contact Information

McKinley Irvin
1501 Fourth Avenue
Suite 1750
Seattle WA 98101
Work (206) 625-9600
Fax (206) 223-1999

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David B. Starks is a Partner at Pacific Northwest family law firm, McKinley Irvin. Mr. Starks’ practice concentrates on divorce cases involving difficult custodial matters and the protection, valuation and distribution of significant assets and business interests. Mr. Starks’ passion for resolving complex family law matters has also led him to routinely represent clients with international divorce and family law issues. He is the only Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in Washington State and one of a very small number of U.S. family law attorneys whose practice includes international family law and treaties, including the various Hague Conventions on abduction, maintenance and the protection of children. Mr. Starks is a recognized authority and frequent speaker on international family law issues. He is the co-author of the International Law chapter of the Washington State Bar Association’s Family Law Deskbook (publication pending). He is the Co-Chair of the ABA International Law Section’s Family Law Committee and an ABA Section Advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and its Drafting Committee on the Implementation of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children. Mr. Starks is licensed to practice in Washington, Oregon and Texas.


Traditional Client Representation and Litigation


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  • King, Washington
  • Pierce, Washington
  • Snohomish, Washington


J.D., Seattle University School of Law; B.A., Southern Indiana University

Legal Organizations

Section Advisor of the American Bar Association to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws’ Drafting Committee on the Implementation of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children, 2011-present; Immediate Past Co-Chair, Family Law Committee, International Law Section of American Bar Association, 2010-2011; Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML, Member, King County Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee, 2010-present; Member, Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee, 2004-2006; Member: American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Oregon State Bar, King County Bar Association


Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2017; Top 100 Attorneys in Washington State, Washington Super Lawyers, 2012-2016, Washington State Super Lawyers, 2010-2016, Avvo.com 10.0 "Superb" rating, Washington State Rising Star, 2007-2008

CLE Presentations

Panelist, Recognition of Foreign Court Orders and Conflicts of Laws, American Bar Association CLE (Washington D.C., 2012), For Better or Worse: International Issues in Marriage and Divorce, American Bar Association CLE (New York, 2012), Marital Misbehavior, the Chronically Noncompliant Party: Remedies, AAML CLE (Seattle, 2012), US Hague Cases and the UCCJEA, AAML CLE (Seattle, 2012), Saving a Stolen Childhood: How to Prevent and Resolve International Kidnapping Cases (Las Vegas, 2011); Family Enterprises in Distress: Issues to Consider (Dublin, Ireland 2011); Divorce Litigation, Start to Finish (Seattle, 2011); Nuts and Bolts of Family Law (Seattle, 2010); Domestic Violence: A View from the Bench (Seattle, 2009); Family Law Boot Camp (Seattle, 2009); International Family Law: The Hague Convention (Seattle, 2008)


“International Family Law,” a chapter of the Washington State Bar Association’s Family Law Deskbook, (pending publication) (Co-Authored with Marguerite Smith, Esq.); “Washington’s Resolution to Equal Custody,” King County Bar Bulletin, 2008; “Family Law Takes on Global Perspective,” King County Bar Bulletin, 2008

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